A video has appeared for Run The Jewels' Zach de la Rocha-featuring track 'Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)'. Directed by AG Rojas, it depicts a race struggle that seems to be far from over, perpetual, without start and without end.

The director shared a statement about the video. Here's an excerpt:

"We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It's provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They're not stereotypes. They're people - complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They've already fought their ways past their judgements and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it."

Read the whole thing over at runthejewels.net and watch the video below. Also there are some tour dates underneath the video.

  • Run The Jewels tour dates:
  • 27 March – American University, Washington, DC, USA
  • 2 April – Afropunk Festival, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 4 April – Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA, USA
  • 10 April – Coachella Festival, Indio, CA, USA
  • 17 April – Coachella Festival, Indio, CA, USA
  • 9 May – Big Guava Festival, Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA
  • 23 May – Boston Calling Festival, Boston, MA, USA
  • 25 May – Sasquatch Festival, George, WA, USA
  • 30 May – Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
  • 31 May – Forbidden Fruit Festival, Dublin, Ireland
  • 5 June – Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal
  • 6 June – Field Day Festival, London, UK
  • 7 June – The Forum London, UK
  • 12 June – Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester, TN, USA
  • 14 June – Northside Festival Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 27 June – Flow Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2 July – Roskilde Festival, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 4 July – Woo Hah! Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 5 July – ATP Iceland, Keflavík, Iceland
  • 15 July – Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • 17 July – Pemberton Music Fest, Pemberton, BC, Canada
  • 19 July – Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL, USA
  • 24 July – HomeAway Festival, Barrie, ON, Canada
  • 30 July – Club Soda, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 31 July – Osheaga Fest, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 13 Aug – Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 14 Aug – Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland
  • 22 Aug – FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 28 Aug – Reading Festival, Reading, UK
  • 29 Aug – Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK
  • 30 Aug – Rock En Seine, Paris, France
  • 5 Sept – Outlook Festival, Pula, Croatia
  • 13 Sept – Lollapalooza Berlin, Berlin, Germany